Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29805
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
As today’s Toughie is by Logman we think we can safely assume that Jay is not the setter of this one. So a good chance for us all to play the ‘Guess the Setter’ game. We won’t give our opinion, just wait and see.
It is that time of the year when the NZ Bird of the Year contest is held. The organisers have decided to ‘throw a bat among the pigeons’ this year by putting the Peka peka or long-tailed bat into the list of candidates. A separate contest just for bats would be very boring as there are only two, the long-tailed and the short-tailed. If the contest were enlarged to include all native land mammals then there would still just be these two candidates. So, in the spirit of being all-inclusive, we are quite happy for bats to be honorary birds for this. Voting opens on 18th Oct and we are already selecting our five to vote for. Bar-tailed Godwit of course, the NZ Dabchick that was our faithful companion during last year’s lockdown, the Peka peka (bat) and still two more to choose.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Lying down as quickly as possible (4,3)
FLAT OUT : A double definition.
9a Wanting best from Handel? It is magical (7)
ELITISM : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
13a Drain to make white, not black (5)
LEACH : Start with a verb meaning to make white and remove B(lack) from the start of it.
15a ESP in later years keeping old in secret work (9)
ESPIONAGE : ESP from the clue, then ‘in’ from the clue contains O(ld), and finally a three letter word for later years.
19a Traitors getting round Spain’s local taxes (5)
RATES : The rodents associated with traitors contain the IVR code for Spain.
22a Skating facility shortly opening by sea (5)
BRINY : The place where one might skate, without its last letter, splits (opening) ‘by’ from the clue.
23a Tight one is come to cut back (9)
ECONOMISE : An anagram (tight) of ONE IS COME.
25a Conservative-Liberal relationship brings outcry (7)
CLAMOUR : The single letter abbreviations for Conservative and Liberal are followed by a romantic relationship.
26a Impressive meow as Siamese at last moves (7)
AWESOME : An anagram (moves) of MEOW AS with the last letter of Siamese.
27a Assistant wants line put into a flirtatious note (7)
ACOLYTE : ‘A’ from the clue, then flirtatious or coquettish contains L(ine) and lastly a note from the sol-fa scale.
28a Row backed about Virginia’s prevarication (7)
EVASION : The two letter abbreviation for Virginia is inside the reversal of row or din.
1d Anxious as guitar part not quite complete (7)
FRETFUL : A guitar part that is found on its neck and then a word meaning complete without its last letter.
2d Song about Zulu on in state (7)
ARIZONA : An operatic song surrounds the letter represented phonetically by Zulu and ‘on’ from the clue.
3d Suppose one will receive letter from Greeks (5)
OPINE : ‘One’ from the clue surrounds a familiar (from Mathematics) Greek letter.
5d Be a really good person — or cruel and brutal one! (5)
BEAST : ‘Be’ and ‘A’ from the clue and then a good person who has been canonised.
6d Morse’s first name and last always stated (9)
ENDEAVOUR : A homophone (stated) of words meaning last and always.
7d Ruralite wrong to ditch large pot plant (7)
ETRURIA : An anagram (wrong) of RURA(l)ITE once the L has been removed. The definition is not something that grows, but rather a specific location of ceramicists. (This was quite a challenge for two Antipodeans.)
16d Servant concealing crime in holy residence (9)
PARSONAGE : An incendiary crime is enclosed by a boy attendant.
17d Novel about British deposing leader in holy city (7)
REBECCA : The two letters meaning ‘about’ and B(ritish) replace the first letter of an Islam holy city.
18d Michigan port appealingly elegant in the past (7)
CHICAGO : A word meaning appealingly elegant and then a three letter word meaning ‘in the past’.
20d Flow easily with crude oil making capital (7)
TRIPOLI : Flow easily as an accomplished dancer might, and an anagram (crude) of OIL.
21d Second goddess with vacant expression still here? (7)
SHEBEEN : S(econd), then the Greek goddess who was the personification of youth, and the first and last letters (vacant) of ‘expression’.
23d Beer without head: that is disturbing (5)
EERIE : The final three letters of ‘beer’ and then the two letters meaning ‘that is’.
Quickie pun incense + Sibyl = insensible